IBM, Intel, AMD, Cray, HPE and NVIDIA Have Been Awarded a Grant for Exaflop Supercomputer Development

The most effective supercomputer is launched in China today. The system, called Sunway TaihuLight, operates locally developed processors. The ultimate Sunway TaihuLight productivity is 125 petaflops. In 2020 China plans to generate the first system in the world with a capacity overcoming one exaflops. At present the USA stays behind, however American supercomputers’ energy performance is significantly higher.



The US Department of Energy has established a $258 million grant for cost effective exaflop supermachines construction. Six American companies (IBM, Intel, AMD, Cray, HPE and NVIDIA) won it. Now they are to create an architecture, able to consume 25–30 MW at one exaflop productiveness. Such a system’s deployment is to take place in 2021. Apart from funds committed, each member company of the Exascale Computing Project program will put up its own means, constituting around 40% of DOE’s funds. Thus, the project cost will increase to $430 mln. In return, developers …

New Tiny Mini-PC Zbox PA330 from Zotac

Zotac, a renowned innovator in PC hardware development, has introduced a pocket-sized nettop, entitled Zbox PA330. The new-comer is designed in Pico-PC form-factor, featuring 116.8x66x45.7 mm dimensions. According to Zotac, this mini-PC is able to satisfy the basic needs of people on the move and of those who long for a space-saving environment.



The heart of Zotac Zbox PA330 is AMD A4 Micro-6400T APU with an integrated AMD Radeon R3 graphics core. The APU is attended by 2 GB of DDRL-1333 MHz memory and an inbuilt eMMC drive of 32 GB capacity. Network facilities are represented by a native wireless Wi-Fi 802.11ac adapter as well as by Bluetooth 4.0 adapter. There is also a full-sized RJ-45 socket for the organization of a wired network with 1 Gb/sec bandwidth.


To continue, connection with the monitors and other visuals becomes possible due to one HDMI port and one mini-DisplayPort socket. A pair of USB 2.0 ports might be employed for the connection of peripherals, whereas a …

Motherboard Asus P8Z77-V Premium Review

Asus boasts the inventory of up to twenty motherboards developed on Intel Z77 chipset. Full-, medium- and small-sized boards gladden the customers by an outstanding functional and optimal layout. Still, the company decided not to stop at what has been already accomplished and introduced a high-end motherboard codenamed Asus P8Z77-V Premium. The major peculiarities of this board are the integrated Thunderbolt bridge, reliable digital CPU power supply subsystem, and a lot more alluring facilities. The product is targeted at the high-end customer sector and Asus hopes to get considerable revenues from its sales.



General Peculiarities


First of all, it should be stated that P8Z77-V Premium design and color gamut continue all traditional standards of Asus motherboards. This model is developed in ATX form-factor and employs dull black textolite in combination with blue, white and black painted sockets. CPU socket is located in a common place; it supports all up-dated Intel CPUs …
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